Apple suppliers more than doubled clean power use over the last year

Apple today announced that its suppliers more than doubled their use of clean power over the last year, with over 10 gigawatts operational today out of nearly 16 gigawatts in total commitments in the coming years.

As Apple manufacturing partners expand their use of renewable energy around the world, Apple is also investing directly in renewable energy, including the IP Radian Solar project — a new large-scale solar project under construction now in Brown County, Texas.

In 2021, these renewable projects avoided 13.9 million metric tons of carbon emissions. The projects online today will support greenhouse gas reductions equivalent to removing 3 million cars from the road for one year.

Apple is constantly working with its global supply chain to accelerate and support its transition to clean energy. As of today, 213 of the company’s major manufacturing partners have pledged to power all Apple production with renewable electricity across 25 countries. The dozens of new commitments announced today will accelerate progress toward Apple’s 2030 goal to become carbon neutral across its entire supply chain. Apple has been carbon neutral for its global operations since 2020.

Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of Environment, Policy, and Social Initiatives, said in a statement, “Clean energy is good for business and good for the planet. By sharing what we learned in our own transition to renewables, we are helping point the way to a greener future.”

Supplier Commitments and Global Energy Projects

In addition to clean energy commitments made by 213 manufacturing partners, Apple is investing directly in renewable projects around the world, including nearly 500 megawatts of solar and other renewable projects in China and Japan to cover a portion of upstream emissions. To support businesses in their transition to clean power, Apple shares data and offers training materials with market-specific information. These resources have helped spur new clean energy solutions across the globe.

In Europe, 11 new suppliers have made clean energy commitments over the last year, including Infineon, Viscom AG, and Lumileds, bringing the total to 25 European companies. They are deploying a range of clean energy solutions, including Infineon utilizing on-site solar in Germany and Austria, and DSM Engineering Materials supporting a wind project in the Netherlands. Apple has already supported two Danish renewable energy projects, including a large solar park near Thisted and wind farm near Esbjerg, both of which power Apple’s data center in the country. The company is also looking at new steps to address customer product use across the region.

In the US, Apple is investing directly in the 2,300-acre IP Radian Solar project in Brown County, Texas. The project will generate 300 megawatts of electricity once construction is completed later this year. Apple made this investment to help address the electricity customers use to charge their Apple devices, which represents 22 percent of the company’s gross carbon footprint.

Apple’s suppliers with US operations also continue to commit to clean energy, with notable new commitments from DuPont, headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware; and Micron Technology, Inc., headquartered in Boise, Idaho, announced today. Already, Apple suppliers Solvay and Corning are helping to support some of the largest solar farms in North Carolina and South Carolina as part of their commitment to Apple.

In China, 23 new suppliers have joined the program in the last year. Nearly all of Apple’s top suppliers headquartered in China have committed to using clean energy for Apple production, with many building on-site solar, while supporting the country’s transition to renewable power. This includes new commitments from suppliers such as Ruicycle, which will be using clean energy in its closed-loop recycling processes for Apple. In 2018, Apple took an innovative approach to accelerate renewable progress in China with the launch of the China Clean Energy Fund. Through this first-of-its-kind investment fund, Apple and its suppliers have invested together in 465 megawatts of clean energy.

In Japan, new options for clean power are emerging for businesses, as power purchase agreements have become more available. While corporate energy buyers were previously limited to rooftop solar and unbundled certificate options, collaborative advocacy has further opened up the market. Twenty new suppliers have committed to clean energy in Japan in the last year, including Kioxia Corporation and Sharp Corporation. Nitto Denko and many of Apple’s other suppliers have invested in on-site solar, and Keiwa is covering its Apple load with power from a wind project located outside of Tokyo.

In South Korea, LG Display Co. Ltd. and Samsung SDI have committed to clean energy for all Apple production. This addition to the program builds on significant progress over the last year, with a total 13 suppliers committing to bring clean energy online.

In markets where suppliers face particular challenges to accessing cost-effective clean energy, Apple works with partners to break down barriers through innovation and policy engagement.

Community Impact of Clean Power

Through its Power for Impact program, Apple provides under-resourced local communities around the world with access to renewable energy while supporting economic growth and social impact.

Through the Power for Impact program, Apple supports mutually beneficial clean energy projects around the world, providing communities with reliable access to electricity while maintaining the environmental attributes.

Currently, solar projects in Colombia, the Philippines, and South Africa are providing affordable and reliable electricity to communities facing significant energy challenges. Apple continues to expand the program to other parts of the world, including Israel, Nigeria, Thailand, and Vietnam. These projects bring jobs and lead to energy savings that can be reinvested into local communities. Apple retains the environmental attributes of each project, and communities use energy savings to support economic growth, education, health, and other social initiatives.

MacDailyNews Note: For more information, read Apple’s Supplier Clean Energy Program Update. For more information on Apple’s environmental initiatives, visit apple.com/environment.

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7 Comments

  1. Tim Cook, who had to give up actual religion because it didn’t jive with his “lifestyle,” has adopted “Climate Change” as his mantra and Gaia as his “god” in a vain attempt to fill his empty soul.

    1. Truth Detector – that’s a really paradoxical handle for someone who constantly spouts conspiracy theories and denialism.

      You wouldn’t know truth if it bit you on your butt, but then again, you can’t even see your butt…

      1. It is interesting that the same extremist personality with a different nom de plume posts within a few minutes of this page going live. He/she/it leads with a bunch of twitter opinions then attacks anyone who disagrees in any way.

        This isn’t freedom of speech, this an annoying crazy person screaming from his soapbox in the village green annoying everyone who came for Mac news.

        As for green energy: if you’re complaining about the price of oil, a worldwide commodity, then why do you care about those who are actively working to implement a cleaner infrastructure that will deliver your power without having to import it from non-democratic nations? What precisely is the downside to being environmentally responsible? How has it hurt you?

        I don’t expect a rational discussion on topic from you know who and his alter egos.

        1. Well said! Every generation has curmudgeons that spend more personal time and energy fighting change than it would take em to get on board with progress. The nutjobs here are bipolar crackpots, worshipping Apple and hating everything Apple does.

    2. What religion did he have to give up because of his, as you call it, “lifestyle”? If you are referring to the fact that he is gay well, I know many gay christian men who follow the bible fare more closely than most conservatives do.

      The hate in your post is so sad, why can’t you just let people live their lives? Does the fact that Tim Cook is gay somehow affect your life? Or are you just a bigot?

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